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KATHLEEN PARKER
       ...A Shared Disgrace

Mike Nifong, the Durham County, N.C., district attorney
made infamous by his own hand, has been shamed,
disbarred and let out the back door for his unethical
conduct of the so-called Duke University lacrosse team rape
case.

Thanks to the unethical conduct of Durham County
District Attorney Mike Nifong and his cheerleaders,
real rape victims may now be reluctant to come
forward.
It couldn't have happened to a more deserving fellow, but the case doesn't end here.

Mr. Nifong's legacy, which ultimately may hurt women more than the falsely accused
men, will be long-lived. And the politically correct culture that allowed his charade to
persist remains securely in place, while those who enabled Mr. Nifong walk scot-free.
It is tempting to convince oneself that Mr. Nifong's banishment means that all is right in
the Dukedom.

    Doubtless, many among Duke's faculty and
    administration, as well as random race-baiters, campus
    feminists and various reporters, commentators and
    assorted armchair prosecutors would prefer that no one
    remember their roles in advancing the Nifong farce.

    But they shouldn't get off so easily. All were participants
    in the scurrilous witch hunt that unfolded during the past
    year. All were congregants in the PC Church that
    sanctifies certain groups as unassailable victims (all
    minorities and females) and others as condemnable
    perps (all males, but especially descendants of history's
    white oppressors).

From the beginning, when an African-American stripper–alternately known as a
"working mother and college student"–claimed that three lacrosse players had
raped her, few questioned whether she might be lying or that the men might
be telling the truth.
A spirit of retributive justice prevailed while feminist law professor
Wendy Murphy summarized the zeitgeist on CNN's
The Situation: "I never, ever met a
false rape claim, by the way. My own statistics speak to the truth."

Really. Even after it became clear that
there were problems with the case–no
DNA match, no witnesses, logistical
impossibilities, a "victim" who couldn't get
her story straight and contrary evidence
impugning her claims–rape victim
advocates continued their defense.

Thanks to these activists and Mr. Nifong–
and the dancer who cried wolf–real rape
victims may be reluctant to come forward. Others may not get their day in court as
intimidated prosecutors anticipate defeat before jurors jaded by the Duke spectacle.

Already we may be witness to Mr. Nifong's dubious offspring in Cupertino, Calif., where
a nearly unconscious 17-year-old girl was sexually ravished at a party by a De Anza
College baseball player while several teammates stood by watching. The girl's face was
covered with vomit–not her own–by the time three other young women burst into the
room, rescued her from a mattress on the floor and took her to the hospital.
To any sane mind, a drunk, semi-conscious girl on the receiving end of sexual
intercourse doesn't sound like consensual sex, yet the Santa Clara County district
attorney has decided not to pursue charges. The problem, she says, is that everyone
involved was drinking, including witnesses–and the girl remembers nothing – making it
difficult to prove lack of consent.

    Meanwhile, as feminists try to repair the damage they
    and Mr. Nifong have done to the cause of real rape
    victims, other co-dependents in this folie a plusieurs
    should avoid feeling smug as the curtain drops in
    Durham. A little self-examination would seem to be
    in order, beginning with Duke.

The university recently settled with the three accused lacrosse players for an
undisclosed sum in a move that insulates faculty from any claims of liability. Such is
cheap grace.
If the university really wants to redeem itself, a better remedy
would be for university President Richard Brodhead to institute a new
academic program to examine how totalitarian, politically correct groupthink is
destroying America's institutions of higher learning.

Duke can write the textbook.
This GUEST eCOLUMN
appears courtesy of
Kathleen Parker,
a columnist for the
Orlando Sentinel.
Former Durham
County, N.C.
District Attorney
Mike Nifong has
been soundly
discredited, but
what about the PC
culture in which he
thrived?
"...as feminists try to
repair the damage they
and Mr. Nifong have
done to the cause of
real rape victims, other
co-dependents in this
folie a plusieurs should
avoid feeling smug as
the curtain drops in
Durham."